The presence of Ramzan Kadyrov in the front sequence of a UFC show highlights a troubling is connected with the Chechen strongman and the MMA promotion
On Saturday 15 September, Ramzan Kadyrov strolled into Moscow’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium to watch the evening’s campaigns. Garmented in beige jeans and a grey t-shirt with a coinciding coat, the notorious Chechen strongman was surrounded by three of his most loyal bodyguards– one of whom has been accused of torture and another of storying an assassination– as he made his mode to the front row of the 35,000 -capacity arena. Sat just a few feet away from the cage, Kadyrov and his chums watched the evening’s fightings in an entirely new located. Though used to attending mixed martial art events on a near-weekly basis in his native Chechnya, this was the first time that Kadyrov was present at a Ultimate Fighting Championship show.
Given Kadyrov’s well-documented human rights abuses- the latest of which includes a deadly crackdown on LGBTQ+ parties within Chechnya resulting in torture and summary executions – his presence in the front row of a UFC event spotlights a concerning is connected with the oppressor and the world’s largest MMA promotion.
Kadyrov’s decision to attend the UFC’s first ever show in Moscow is due to the presence of Magomed Ankhalaev, a UFC light heavyweight prospect from Dagestan who represents Kadyrov through the dictator’s contend sorority, Akhmat MMA. That night, Ankalaev overcame Marcin Prachnio by head-kick knockout in the opening round. During his post-fight interview in the octagon, Ankalaev thanked Kadyrov for his support and finished off with Kadyrov’s now-infamous slogans “Akhmat Sila”( Akhmat Power ).
Founded in 2015, the Akhmat MMA campaign organization consists of an MMA promotion and several discipline facilities throughout Chechnya and many other post-Soviet regimes. The push team is sponsored by Kadyrov himself through his government’s budget and suffers the refer of Kadyrov’s father, Akhmad Kadyrov. Soldiers who are signed to the fight club’s official roster are paid monthly stipends that encompas medical expenditures, educate costs, and traveling fees. Depending on high levels of success achieved, boxers are also gifted with expensive gondolas and other extravagant goods.
The Akhmat MMA pushed golf-club is operated by Abuzayed Vismuradov, a colonel considered to be one of the most powerful souls in Chechnya. Known by his nom de guerre’ Patriot ‘, Vismuradov formerly pushed in the Chechen crusades against Russia alongside Kadyrov himself, before being heightened to commander of the Chechnya’s Special Forces, the’ Terek’ Chechen SWAT unit, as well as Kadyrov’s private security detail. Kadyrov’s decision to place one of his most influential protection people in charge of his MMA promotion and battle sorority is demonstrated that the Akhmat fight club is likely an extension of Kadyrov’s own government.
Through Kadyrov’s patronage and aid, the Akhmat fight club has risen to become one of greater MMA training facilities and advertisements within the Russian Federation. The oppose guild has signed various remarkable boxers from other MMA organizations and has situated its promotional might and resources behind them. Five of these combats have moved on to sign with the UFC: Magomed Bibulatov, Abdul-Kerim Edilov, Ruslan Magomedov, Said Nurmagomedov, and Magomed Ankalaev. Four of those soldiers remain under contract with the UFC, despite the undeniable link between them and Kadyrov, while Edilov- who reportedly threatened an HBO journalist in Chechnya– was reportedly secreted from his UFC contract in August 2018.
Other UFC crusades have established relationships with Kadyrov. For lesson, in 2015 former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum signed a” lucrative” transaction to become an ambassador for Kadyrov’s Akhmat MMA crusaded society. He, very, was gifted an expensive car for his services to the authoritarian, though has now been deleted the video of the car from social media.